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The Geologist’s Viewpoint: H. P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness

H. P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness and Other Tales of Terror contains one novella, originally serialized, and three short horror stories. Lovecraft is both amazing and maddening—he is really smart and I can see that in his writing, … Continue reading

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Mortal Danger: Elizabeth Moon’s Trading in Danger

Some writers create momentum from a chapter to the next that keeps the reader’s attention; sometimes energy lasts for a whole book, and sometimes it lasts for a whole series. Elizabeth Moon is such a writer. Her Vatta’s universe is … Continue reading

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How to Read Like a Book Dragon: a Reader’s Manifesto

How to read like a Book Dragon: a Reader’s Manifesto I am not an ordinary bookworm. I do not crawl around contenting myself on bits and pieces of writing. No, I am a book dragon who treasures books like gold! I … Continue reading

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Talk-Story and Ghost Words: The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston

                    The value given to words is a shared experience between the storyteller and the receiver; both must be open to the story for it to have impact. Oral stories are … Continue reading

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Capturing Character: J. K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy

J. K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy explores the gaping hole left by Barry Fairbrother’s absence when he unexpectedly dies. It is a darkly comical novel set in the little town of Pagford, England. J. K. Rowling is a master storyteller … Continue reading

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